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The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales.  Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo.  With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?

Our Mission Statement

To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.

The Reason The Light Will Always Be On

Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?”  The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light.  We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!

Full Cold Moon Night Tour is Wednesday, December 11!

Gates open 5 p.m., Tour starts around 5:30 p.m.

Come experience a spectacular night time view from atop the Point Arena Lighthouse. Enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and coast from the lantern room at the top of the Tower, and if the weather cooperates it will be illuminated by the full moon!  Champagne, sparkling  juice and snacks will be served as part of the tour, and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience!  Individual tickets are $30 each or $25 each for two or more.    

Reservations must be made by phone at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 or in person no later than 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8.

Amazing Lodging Specials for December!

We are offering two great lodging specials in December:

  • $150 for 150th Anniversary Special
  • Early Christmas Present Special

$150 for 150th Anniversary Special – The Point Arena Lighthouse will celebrate 150 years of lighting the way on the coast in 2020. To get an early start on the year long celebration we are offering three of our vacation cottages at just $150 a night – a savings of $75 to $165! This special deal is good for one or more night stays from December 1 through December 14 in the newly renovated Keeper’s Apartment and the pet friendly Assistant Keeper’s House 2 or Assistant Keeper’s House 3.

Early Christmas Present Special – The Point Arena Lighthouse is offering an early Christmas present – only $225 a night for our flagship Assistant Keeper’s House 4! This completely remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has a gourmet kitchen, wood burning stove in the living room, gas fireplace in the master and sleeps 6 people (2 queens, 2 twins). This special can save you from $100 to $150 a night over our standard rates. This special deal is good for one or more night stays from December 1 through December 20. Give yourself or someone you love an early Christmas present of a stay on the wild and rugged Mendocino coast at the historic Point Arena Lighthouse!

Go to our Make a Reservation page to take advantage of these special offers!

The Lighthouse is Hiring!

Come join the great team at the Point Arena Lighthouse!  We currently have one position open:

Our Employment Opportunities page will provide the details about each position and how to apply.

A big Point Arena Lighthouse THANK YOU to everyone that made our 150th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Auction so successful!  The sell out crowd of 100 guests enjoyed a fabulous meal featuring Grillmaster Extraordinaire Bob Shimon’s signature tri-tip and chicken thighs, delicious sides from Surf Market and Tom and Ann Birdsell, great refreshments from Gualala Supermarket and walked away with over 100 unique auction lots. Please visit our 150th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Auction thank you page to see all the people and businesses that made this event so special!

SFGATE puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!

SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West.  Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!

Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!

20160812_113159The renovation of Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is complete, and this oceanfront showplace is now available for vacation rentals!  This completely reimagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more.  Check out the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests and the “Awesome Accomodations” review from a repeat guest! Call the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 for reservations, or make your reservations online.